15 July, 2018
Last updated on 14 March, 2022
Posted by Spaceships Crew
Fall in love? With England? In just 7 days? Yes please. With so much to see and do, the possibilities are endless. We’ve compressed the most iconic sights and destinations into one beautiful 7-day itinerary in England so that you can make the most of your time in the UK.
This carefully thought out and balanced itinerary covers North and South alike to bring you nothing but the best of England, throughout your unique and authentic round-trip experience! Let’s go…
Bring on the fun: day 1 of the 7-day itinerary in England
After picking up your Spaceship campervan or motorhome from our London depot (directions to our depot can be found here) start by driving South visiting Canterbury Cathedral or alternatively, drive towards the famous White Cliffs of Dover, the tallest white cliffs in England – make your way towards Beachy Head if you want the best views.
White Cliffs of Dover | image credit: loki1973 (Flickr)
Then travel further along the south coast to Brighton, a quirky seaside city, thriving in alternative fashion and underground music and well-known for its Gay Pride events. This is a great place for nightlife and travellers of all ages will fall in love with the city’s hip party vibes.
Or, for a different route to Brighton, make way for Leeds Castle and through the Kent countryside to Battle Abbey before heading West to park your Spaceship in the city for the night.
Day 2: visiting Stonehenge and Bath
On day 2 of this 7-day itinerary in England, drive up through New Forest to Stonehenge and then further northwest to Bath. Stonehenge deserves a couple of hours if you want to get the most out of this incredible archaeological site. You’ll stumble across some amazing sights and attractions in Bath too; including The Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, The Theatre Royal and The Jane Austen Centre, if you love literature. Stay overnight in one of the nearby caravan parks such as Baltic Wharf, Brook Lodge Farm or Hortham Farm.
Day 3: feeling smart in Oxford
A morning stroll and breakfast in Bath is a great way to start the day (Bath is brilliant for breakfast cafes and brunch spots) before driving up through the postcard-perfect Cotswolds, a region boasting spectacular countryside, amazing lakes and unbeatable nature spotting. Then it’s on to Oxford to witness the world-famous Oxford University, where you’ll be able to tour the renowned and prestigious Bodleian Library. After spending the afternoon over in Oxford checking out, Oxford Botanical Gardens, Sheldonian Theatre or the Pitt Rivers Museum, make your way to Stratford-upon-Avon and park up your camper for the night.
The world-famous Oxford University | image credit: Pablo Fernandez (Flickr)
Day 4: to be or not to be?
Begin your day with a quick stroll around the magnificent medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon and explore this 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare before hopping on the M5 and heading up to either Liverpool or Manchester. Liverpool has the Beatles and a lively club scene while Manchester has Coronation Street and fantastic night life. So, the choice is yours! Both cities have their own unique charm and are fantastic destinations for shopaholics or foodies.
If you’re not staying overnight in either Manchester or Liverpool, continue 2 hours further North up the M6 to the stunning Lake District, or you can skip these destinations altogether to spend more time in the countryside. If you opt to stop overnight in the Lakes, you’ll find some amazing places to stay in either Ambleside or the quaint little lakeside town of Bowness on Windermere. They’re just a 10-minute drive away from one another plus, you can also get to and from via the boat on the lake, which runs every hour. Lake Windermere is England’s biggest lake so you’ll find plenty to do here the next morning…
Day 5: hiking in the Lake District area
Today is the perfect day for fans of hiking and nature-lovers. This day of the 7-day itinerary in England is all about the outdoors. Make sure you wake up early to catch the sunrise and spend the day hiking in the Lake District area (we love the many waterfall walks including the Stockghyll Force Trail, which you can take from Ambleside) or drive over the fantastic Kirkstone Pass to Ullswater.
Must-see on your 7-day itinerary in England: Lake District | image credit: Craig (Flickr)
If you spend another night in the Lakes, be sure to end your evening with a few sunset drinks at our favourite Ambleside pub, Wateredge Inn which offers the most wonderful views of Windermere. Or if you want to make tracks, head up to Hadrian’s Wall and stop there for the night.
Day 6: more classic literature
Either spend the morning learning about Hadrian’s Wall or continue your drive West through the Pennines to the Yorkshire Dales and perhaps an overnight stop in Hawes. Follow on for a quick visit to the Bronte Sisters’ Haworth before heading for York to see the York Minster and exciting National Rail Museum. To stay in the Hadrian’s Wall area, walk the wall in the morning and then drive South to spend the afternoon in York. In York, you can climb an old castle wall and walk around the town, looking down on the city below.
Day 7: back to London
Wake up early to get a good start on motorway and drive south down the A1 before joining on the M11 to Cambridge to spend the afternoon. Hire a punt, grab a bottle of wine and relax as you glide past the banks of the famous Cambridge colleges. A great end to the week before driving all the way down the M11 before taking the M25, then M4 to the drop off point.
That concludes the 7-day itinerary in England. It was a quick but fun road trip. A great way to get a taste of England, so you’ll know what to expect. You’ll probably feel like there’s so much more to do and see and you are correct. We’re looking forward to seeing you again for another, longer road trip.